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Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC NetWorker vs. IBM Spectrum Protect and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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"Global deduplication and the indexing of the data object are the most valuable features. It saves costs on the product side by doing compression and deduplication. It will help you and make your life easy to reach the data that you need within the minimum downtime when it's required.""In the VM, we have Live Recovery, Live Mount, and Live Sync.""It is much more scalable and flexible than everything else in the market.""It's the leader in backup and archiving.""It's very stable.""It's a complete software that can protect all the main applications. Perhaps that's the feature I like most. The integration with the NetApp and other apps is also very nice.""We are using a KVM system in our cloud, and this solution works very well with it.""The solution provides us with a single platform to move, manage, and recover our data across on-premise locations. Some of the guys have been using it to move a virtual machine from VMware to the Microsoft solution, Hyper-V. They back it up and then they restore to the different virtual machine provider, and that works great."

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"This solution is really the best in the market! After evaluating other solutions, we automatically decided to use this one.""The best feature is the DR replication for us.""The response time of the tech support is swift. The support is fantastic.""When it was required that data had to be restored for our customer, it was accomplished successfully and this has kept our end users satisfied.""The most valuable features for us at the moment are NFS, file system backup, and IP backup.""The solution is very stable, especially if you are using a RAC environment.""NetWorker has very good scalability.""Technical support for this solution is very good."

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"We optimize our costs of media and storage use, thanks to the Incremental Forever backup. The TDP software provides us many ways to protect our data, so we don't need to use monstrous scripts for doing backups now.""I love the TDP for VMware because of the web interface and the possibilities provided by this tool. It's amazing.""It is a very mature product.""The product is very stable.""The best part of this solution is that it just works.""The most valuable features are compression and de-duplication.""The fact that we can take the backup straight onto tape is the most valuable feature.""This solution has improved our organization through better file and database recovery."

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"The setup is not that straightforward or easy. Even the documentation is not generic or public like other products. You have to be a partner or you have to have a specific account and download it from the vendor themselves.""We previously had difficulty with the support being foreign.""Support for this product needs to be improved because I have seen a couple of cases where it is taking more than the required time to solve issues.""Its competitor, Veeam, includes backup and replication in the same product. I don't know if Commvault has it or not, but they should if they don't.""The back of virtual machines needs improvement. I know they're working on it. They're always doing new things but I think they still have a little bit more to do.""I think the one thing that could be improved is the customer experience. The interface should be more user friendly.""This solution can be complex and difficult to administer because it supports all of the many platforms, so it would help if they could simplify it.""Just to keep it running is time-consuming. There are five people on my team. Commvault was supposed to be one of the less time-consuming solutions, but in reality it takes 60 percent of our time just to keep it running, and that's not even fine-tuning it; that's just to keep it running."

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"There are some limitations regarding scalability of the product.""We have faced problems with the initial configuration of the solution.""The security features need backup and encryption. It would be nice if they added this feature. I would also like to be able to decrypt when restoring the security features. Hackers can sense these vulnerabilities today, and we need to have our enterprise prepared.""We would like support for tape space reclaim, using either the same or another pool.""We are looking forward to better stability in future versions.""The software also isn't user-friendly like Convault or Rubrik. The solution errors and management aren't so good in comparison.""The deduplication needs improvement and it could use better integration.""We are able to do direct backups, but analyzing the logs is not straightforward."

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"The Hyper-V and SQL Server backup could be improved. In the 2016 version there was a significant improvement, but I think IBM has a big challenge with these technologies.""This solution does not have good support for virtualization and a hyper-converged environment.""Sometimes we experience trouble with the backup transfer of the control files.""The user interface needs to be improved.""In the next version of the solution, I would like to see cloud support.""We cannot take VMware backups for our banking data center environment.""The deduplication must be perfect, and thus should be improved.""Better integration with other tools and databases is needed."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Compared to other competitors and vendors the pricing is fair.""In my experience, compared to solutions like Veritas and Veeam, while they do have their technical pluses and minuses, Commvault can save you on average forty percent initially, and then twenty to twenty-five percent annually.""The price could perhaps be lower as well.""Our cost is around $20,000 per month. The previous year, it was around $30,000 per month. It now costs less because Commvault changed the licensing type for providers.""Our yearly cost is around €20,000... The cost is based on the number of users and the amount of data. They sell it per terabyte.""There is a bit of cost involved with signing up the entire solution. It's not a cheap solution.""Commvault licensing is a perpetual license so only the support is being renewed yearly.""The complete license gives us options for all the features. Commvault does not license based on storage or the management components. It can integrate with any storage vendor. That means that when we are out of storage and need more, we can integrate without additional licensing. In my opinion, Commvault needs to reduce the licensing cost by 20 to 40 percent to make it cost-efficient."

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"Low cost is key.""You have to buy the deduplication software separately from the license.""It's approximate, but I believe we pay around $20-30,000 a month in licensing.""The pricing of this solution is very good."

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"The pricing of the solution is high in comparison to other products on the market. For example, IBM and Symantec have less costly options.""The licensing fees are on a yearly basis, which for us it is about R400,000 (approximately $27,000 USD).""The pricing is a little expensive for our current employer, so they want to move to a cheaper solution.""The licensing fees are between $8,000 and $10,000 per year.""IBM provides an open license policy, which is more like a gentlemen's agreement.""One can go with either a PVU licensing model or a capacity based licensing model. Either solution does not block the usage, if over used.""It is fairly reasonable as compared to other solutions in the market."

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Overview

Commvault can help you transform your data into a powerful strategic asset, with data protection and information management solutions that enable you to protect, access and use all of your data anywhere and anytime.

EMC NetWorker backup and recovery software centralizes, automates, and accelerates data backup and recovery across your IT environment. NetWorker delivers record-breaking performance and a wide range of data protection options to safeguard your critical business data.IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) is a data protection platform that gives enterprises a single point of control and administration for backup and recovery. It is the flagship product in the IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) family. It enables reliable, cost effective backups and fast recovery for virtual, physical and cloud environments of all sizes.
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Sample Customers
Aberdeenshire Council, Acxiom, BAM Group Ireland, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, CI Investments, Clifford Chance, Alliant Credit Union, American Municipal Power, American Pacific Mortgage, AstraZeneca, Dongbu Steel, Denver Health, Dow Jones, Emirates Steel, Penn State Health, Prime Healthcare, Sonic Healthcare, Sony Network Communications, TiVO, UCONN Health, The Weitz CompanySecure-24, Riverside Health System, Shriners, Panatonni, Qatar Islamic Bank, EurosportCERN, Einstein Healthcare, Nyherji, Allianz Australia, TZM, ABT Online, NCT, Kindred Healthcare Inc., Cobalt Iron, TransGrid, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Cash America, Piedmont Healthcare, RWGV, Arkansas Tech University, British Columbia Institute of Technology
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Comms Service Provider18%
Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company9%
Pharma/Biotech Company9%
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Computer Software Company41%
Comms Service Provider14%
Government6%
Media Company6%
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Financial Services Firm33%
Healthcare Company17%
Engineering Company8%
Insurance Company8%
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Computer Software Company45%
Comms Service Provider14%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Healthcare Company19%
Financial Services Firm17%
University10%
Insurance Company8%
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Computer Software Company44%
Comms Service Provider10%
Insurance Company5%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise44%
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Small Business6%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise83%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise53%
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Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise54%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC NetWorker vs. IBM Spectrum Protect and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
441,726 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Dell EMC NetWorker is ranked 16th in Backup and Recovery Software with 14 reviews while IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 13th in Backup and Recovery Software with 17 reviews. Dell EMC NetWorker is rated 7.8, while IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Dell EMC NetWorker writes "Great automatization and backup capabilities with good training available from resellers". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect writes "Instead of taking three different backups of your systems, you're taking only one but their support is lacking". Dell EMC NetWorker is most compared with Dell EMC Avamar, Veeam Backup & Replication, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), Veritas NetBackup and Dell EMC ProtectPoint, whereas IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Veritas NetBackup, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and HPE StoreOnce. See our Dell EMC NetWorker vs. IBM Spectrum Protect report.

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